The Eagle Medallion was a rebadged and re-engineered version of the European Renault 21 for the North American market. While the cars were built on the same platform, the French market 21 and the American market Medallion differed in a few aspects such as features, power train availability, frontal styling and trims. The Medallion began as a model developed by Renault and became a captive import for its corporate partner, American Motors. This joint venture concerning the Medallion began in 1987. It was originally conceived to replace the slow-selling Renault Sportwagon and the revered, but canceled, AMC Concord. The Medallion was badged as a Renault and remained that way until the Chrysler Corporation bought out American Motors in August 1987.
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Under the hood, the Medallion used a 2.2L I4 engine that was borrowed from the European Renault 25. It was mounted in Renault’s then-traditional north-south configuration, which drove the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 3-speed computer-controlled automatic. The longitudinal engine placement was unusual at a time when most contemporary Front Wheel Drive cars used a more space-efficient transverse engine layout. Nevertheless, the Medallion was still a very spacious car. The sedan was notable for its rather large trunk and the station wagon was unique in that it offered a longer wheelbase than the sedan. This allowed for a front-facing 3rd row seat, such as in the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser and the Ford Freestyle. Base models came in DL trim, while customers could choose up-level LX models. Despite this being a fairly decent automobile, the Medallion had a really poor introduction into the North American market. It never sold in lucrative numbers and as a result Chrysler decided to cease buying this model from Renault. In reality, Chrysler did not want this import competing with their domestic Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler models. The result was a lack of marketing support for the Eagle Medallion line. For more information on the Eagle Medallion go here. You can also receive instant vehicle shipping rates for the Medallion using our online rate calculator.